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An outstanding engineering marvel, Gol Gumbaz is the tomb of Mohamed Adil Shah. Its enormous whispering dome is the second largest in the world next to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The acoustical system in the dome carries the faintest whisper around the dome and returns to the listener nine times. The gallery around the dome provides a fabulous view of Bijapur.












 

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In rating this building keep in mind that it is primarily impressive from an engineering standpoint.

At the time of its construction, it broke a 1,600 year old record by Rome's Pantheon, becoming the largest single domed chamber in the world. Also at the time of construction, it was the 4th widest dome in the world, after St. Peter's, the Pantheon, and Florence's Duomo.

Not bad for a small kingdom like Bijapur.

Also, it doesn't really need a bath - that is the color of the local stone. Not necessarily the most attractive color, but then you build with what you have.
 
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